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Old July 5th, 2011, 10:46 PM
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My family was booked on a Carnival Cruise visiting 4 ports in the Western Caribbean including Belize, Cozumel, Isla Roatan and Costa Maya, departing on the 9th. We just received a notice this evening that due to propulsion issues the itinerary has changed and we are now visiting 3 ports in the Eastern Carib. including the Bahamas, St. Maarten and St. Thomas. For our inconvenience we are getting a measly $100 per person onboard credit. I recognize that St. Maarten and St. Thomas are beautiful but this is a family cruise and I dont think there is any comparison between snorkeling in Belize and visiting the Mayan ruins from Cozumel to shopping in St. Thomas and and experiencing the food of St. Maarten which is what was featured in the notice that came to us. I feel this is a poor offer of compensation for what is likely to be a very different experience for my kids. Does anyone have ideas for excursions in these ports?
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This is very subjective..I would be thrilled...You can take the ferry to St John for some of the very best snorkeling in the Caribbean. You can also do the America's Cup Race in St Maarten, for the thrill of a lifetime..do some research and you may be pleasantly surprised,and I hope you all have a fabulous cruise.

I will say it's quite unusual for a complete itinerary change, from western to eastern, unless it's hurricane season.
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We've always loved the Eastern Caribbean over the western side and would be excited about this change. This happened to us once during hurricane season were the reverse happened. We booked eastern and got western due to a storm and no any onboard credit. That's a big plus!

Can't you see if Carnival will let you cancel this cruise and book another ship at a different port?
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Since they are leaving on the 9th, this would not be an option.
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Thanks Trip for the suggestions. America's Cup looks great but have a 6 year old and they discourage sailors that young. Looking at snorkeling in St. Johns.
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Aw, drat....there is a butterfly farm there that might be fun!
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I would likely feel different if it was just my husband and me. With kids the Western has more experiential appeal.
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My family was booked on a Carnival Cruise visiting 4 ports in the Western Caribbean including Belize, Cozumel, Isla Roatan and Costa Maya, departing on the 9th. We just received a notice this evening that due to propulsion issues the itinerary has changed and we are now visiting 3 ports in the Eastern Carib. including the Bahamas, St. Maarten and St. Thomas. For our inconvenience we are getting a measly $100 per person onboard credit. I recognize that St. Maarten and St. Thomas are beautiful but this is a family cruise and I dont think there is any comparison between snorkeling in Belize and visiting the Mayan ruins from Cozumel to shopping in St. Thomas and and experiencing the food of St. Maarten which is what was featured in the notice that came to us. I feel this is a poor offer of compensation for what is likely to be a very different experience for my kids. Does anyone have ideas for excursions in these ports?
After your cruise I would write a letter to the CEO of Carnival requesting a greater renumeration .
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You and your entire ship of people got the better deal along with $100 to spend. Eastern Caribbean cruises are more expensive, so you get an Eastern for a Western price. Your child would likely view the Mayan ruins in a different way than you, it likely would be a neat pile of rocks, I doubt any 6 year old understands the history of it.
I understand disappointment, my ship missed Roatan, the port I wanted most. I was compensated $9.
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I know it is disappointing to not take the exact cruise you booked. Many of us spend a lot of time trying to come up with the "right" itinerary at the right time for our vacations. However, all cruise lines reserve the right to change the itinerary. It is in your cruise contract. At least you were notified ahead of time and have an opportunity to refocus your plans.
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I thought you did have an option for re-booking when they do this i.e.--announce itinerary change prior to debarkation. That's why they don't announce most late changes until debarkation day.
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Henry, that would be a waste of anyones time. This is a case of taking lemons & making lemonade for everyone on the cruise, because there is nothing anyone can do. I do understand that missing a port is disappointing, it happened to me on my very first cruise, missing the one port I booked that cruise for, but, a complete change of itinerary is even more so.


I am sure the ship will be filled with many disappointed people, for various reasons, but, an informed cruiser, knows a change of itinerary is always a possibility and will have a great cruise in spite of it all, as iI am sure our OP will. Any letter of a better renumeration, will end up with a sorry letter. I do think the $100.00 pp is a fair amount.
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Yes, I agree about the $100 OBC. That's generous considering what has been done on the past.
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Yes, I agree about the $100 OBC. That's generous considering what has been done on the past.
$100.00 OBC per person? Doesn't seem like such a bad deal, especially if you use to pay for a couple of excursions. For that, I'd definitely do as Trip suggested and take the ferry to St. John for some great snorkeling.
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What ship is this?
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I thought you did have an option for re-booking when they do this i.e.--announce itinerary change prior to debarkation. That's why they don't announce most late changes until debarkation day.
OP leaves Saturday - not really enough time to rebook.
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I'd be pretty happy with that!
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Much better than what we got last August. Instead of going to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Freeport we got to go to Nassau and PORT CANVERAL! We got $7.43 per person. That was it. We still had fun, but we were looking forward to going to some new places - the sole reason we booked the ship we did.
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Sounds like the Carnival Dream....The same one I will be sailing on the 16th! The very next sailing after the changed one! Propulsion problem?? What do they mean?
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Just found more on the issue...the problem is not with the forward propulsion of the ship, it is with the stern thrusters (side propellers on the aft that help the ship move sideways). The ship cannot dock in ports where tug boats are not available (i.e. western caribbean ports)
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